Collaboration Beyond PALMS - WP 1


Researchers and institutions participating in the FP7-PALMS project are involved in several other related activities that are not funded by the project. These associated activities may, however, provide important background and in some cases additional input to understanding the problems that FP7-PALMS deals with. For WP1 these collaborations have involved the following ones:



A PhD project at Unidad de Recursos Naturales (CICY), Mérida, Mexico

PhD student: Arturo Alvarado Segura

Supervisors: Rodrigo Duno de Stefano & 
Luz María Calvo-Irabien

External Supervisor: Henrik Balslev


  1. Result of our collaboration with colleagues at CICY were presented at the "Congreso de Estudiantes de CICY" in April 2010 and at the Mexican Botanical Congress held in Guadalajara in November 2010 (link to poster).
  2. 5th Conference of the International Biogeography Society in Heraklion Greece. “Diversity and composition of palm (Arecaceae) communities in Quintana Roo México” (see poster 2011)
  3. Congreso Mesoamericano para la Biología y la Biodiversidad. “Composición, abundancia y diversidad de palmas (Arecaceae) en la Península de Yucatán, México (participación oral, 2011).
  4. XIX Congreso Mexicano de Botánica del 20 al 25 de octubre de 2013 - “Principales determinantes de los patrones de diversidad de especies en comunidades de palmas del sureste mexicano”
  5. A small article about the projecet in ITSSY
  6. A scientific paper published in Nordic Journal of Botany (link)
  7. A PhD thesis at Centro de Investigacion Cientifica en Yucatan (CICY)
  8. A manuscript submitted to the journal PALMS
  9. A manuscript in preparation for the journal Vegetation Science


Alvarado-Segura, A.A., L.M. Calvo-Irabién, R. Duno de Stefano & H.  Balslev 2012. Palm species richness, abundance and diversity in the Yucatan Peninsula, in a Neotropical context. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-1051.2012.01593.x, Nordic Journal of Botany 30: 613–622. (Link)

Alvarado-Segura, A.A. 2013. Patrones de Diversidad en Comunidades de Palmas (Arecaceae) en selvas medianas de la Peneinsula de Yucatán: Determinantes Ambientales y Especiales. PhD thesis at Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, A..C. Supervisors: L.M. Calvo-Irabién, & R. Duno de Stefano

Alvarado-Segura, A.A., L.M. Calvo-Irabién, R. Duno de Stefano & H.  Balslev submitted 2013. Palms of eastern Yucatán peninsula: changes along a rainfall gradient. PALMS

Alvarado-Segura, A.A., L.M. Calvo-Irabién, R. Duno de Stefano, José Luis Hernández-Stefanoni & H.  Balslev. In prep 2013. The effects of climate, soil and forest structure on palm diversity at different scales. Target journal: Journal for Vegetation Science.



Henrik Balslev presented a poster on Ecosystems Services Provided by Palms in Souteast Asia at the SEA-EU-NET ( meeting in Budapest by Henrik Balslev on 23-24th November 2010.
link to poster



Essentially all our fieldwork in Amazonian Peru has been done with the collaboration of Cesar Grandez from theFacultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana (UNAP), Iquitos, Perú. Although not part of the PALMS group of researchers he has participated in many of our publication:

Kristiansen, T., J.-C. Svenning, C. Grández, J. Salo, & H. Balslev.2009. Commonness of Amazonian palm (Arecaceae) species: patterns, cross-scale links, and potential determinants. doi:10.1016/j.actao.2009.05.001 Acta Oecologica 35: 554–562

Balslev, H.,. Knudsen, T.R., Byg, A., Kronborg, M. & C. Grandez.2010. Traditional knowledge, use, and management of Aphandra natalia (Arecaceae) in Amazonian Peru. doi: 10.1007/s12231-009-9105-4 Economic Botany 64(1): 55–67.

Balslev, H., W. Eiserhardt, T. Kristiansen, D. Pedersen & C. Grandez. 2010. Palms and palm communities in the upper Ucayali river valley – a little known region in the Amazon basin. PALMS 54(2): 57–72.

Kristiansen, T., J.-C. Svenning, D. Pedersen, W. L. Eiserhardt, C. Grández & H. Balslev. 2011. Local and regional palm (Arecaceae) species richness patterns and their cross-scale determinants in the western Amazon. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01834.xJournal of Ecology 99: 1001–1015.

Kristiansen, T., J.-C. Svenning, W. L. Eiserhardt, D. Pedersen, H. Brix, S. M. Kristiansen, M. Knadel, C. Grández & H. Balslev.. 2012. Environment versus dispersal in the assembly of western Amazon palm communities. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02689.x Journal of Biogeography 39: 1318–1332.

Balslev, H., N. Paniagua Zambrana, E. Blacutt, M. Moraes R., M. J. Macía, A. Parada, Y. Inturias, Z. Perez, J. Teran, M Aliaga Arrieta, C. A. Grandez Rios & A. Serralta. 2012. Palmeras de los Leco y sus usos. La Paz, Bolivia.



In 2012 we organized a joint expedition with colleagues from Turku University, Finland (Hanna Tuomisto, Kalle Ruokolainen) and from INPA, Manaos, Brazil (Thaise, Emilio, Gabriel Moulatlet, Fernando Figueiredo). The expedition lasted six weeks on the Rio Jurua in Amazonia. During the expedition we were able to collect data in 38 standard (5x500 m) transects along the 1000 km long stretch from Carauari to Eurinepe. Simultanneously our colleagues collected data in the same transects but relating to other plant groups (Ferns, Melastomataceae and Zingiberaceae). The project has as its purpose to determine to which degree different plant groups respond similarly or not to variation in ecological conditions. The streach investigated crosses a major geological border between the Ica formation (west) and the Pebas formation (east). The results are currently being analyzed for a research paper.





Rommel Montufar (PUCE, Quito) as part of his collaboration with WP1 was supervisor of the master thesis of Zamir Alejandro Pérez Durán. He made his master degree at the master program of BIODIVERSITY IN TROPICAL AREAS AND ITS CONSERVATION (in Quito)  of  the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo (Spain), during the academic year 2011-2013. The title of its thesis is: Oligarchies and regional palm community patterns in the Western Amazon. Zamir Pérez worked with the data base of palm transect (WP1), and the goal of his research was to find regional patterns for palm diversity and the palm communities